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Lift station reports raw sewage spill

The city of Post Falls Wastewater Division reported a sewage spill at the Idahline Lift Station, but it’s unclear how long raw sewage was spilling over the aquifer because the station’s alarm system wasn’t working.

Routine monitoring showed the lift station was working properly at 9 p.m. Friday, and the spill was reported at 5 a.m. Monday.

City crews were on site within 15 minutes after the spill was reported, said Kit Hoffer, public information specialist for Post Falls. The site was cleaned up by 4 p.m. Monday, she said.

The lift station alarm system did not report the problem because of a broken wire, the city said in a news release issued Monday. The station is currently under construction, so it is believed the broken wire was due to vibration from construction and heavy equipment.

“We don’t believe that (the alarm system) failed immediately at 9:01” Friday, Hoffer said. “We think sometime during the weekend the spill began.”

The alarm system has been repaired.

“We took this very seriously,” Hoffer said.

The city retained a hydrologist to monitor the effects of the spill. Results could take up to 30 days.

Carley Dryden

Washington state

Eight candidates running for president

Washington voters will have eight presidential choices on their Nov. 4 ballot.

The Secretary of State’s office said Monday it had certified six minor party candidates who had submitted at least 1,000 valid signatures from registered voters by the Aug. 1 deadline.

On the ballot will be Constitution Party nominee Chuck Baldwin and his vice presidential nominee Darrell L. Castle; Libertarian Party nominees Bob Barr and Wayne Root; Socialist Workers Party nominees James Harris and Alyson Kennedy; Socialism and Liberation Party nominees Gloria La Riva and Eugene Puryear, Green Party nominees Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente, and independent nominees Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez.

The major party nominees automatically make the ballot under state law.

Jim Camden

Spokane Valley

City joins burning, recreational fire ban

A ban against open burning and recreational fires is in effect for the city of Spokane Valley.

The city joins Liberty Lake and Millwood, which issued 90-day burn ban notices Friday.

Bans are also in effect for Kootenai County, the city of Spokane and unincorporated parts of Spokane County.

Barbecues and other patio-type burners like chimneas are allowed, provided the fuel is briquettes, propane or seasoned firewood.

Staff report